Popular Fall Plants: Which Ones Are Pet-Friendly?

As the days get shorter and the nights get chillier, it’s no surprise that we like to surround ourselves with things that bring us joy—pets and plants! But some plants aren’t suitable for our furry friends. To help keep animals safe this autumn season, our experts at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) have curated a list of the top […]

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Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Your Pets

September is Disaster Preparedness month, and we want to make sure you have the information you need to keep your pets safe this disaster season. Hurricanes, wildfires and severe storms throughout the country have already forced thousands to evacuate their homes. With a pandemic looming, there are extra precautions to take when considering your emergency plan.  First responder capabilities may […]

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30 Animals Displaced by Hurricane Laura Get Their Ride to Safety

On August 31, we assisted in transporting 30 homeless dogs from Louisiana to Florida following Hurricane Laura. The unowned animals were relocated at the request of the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans after they opened their doors to evacuated animals from coastal shelters most impacted by the hurricane. These 30 homeless dogs were relocated to SPCA Tampa Bay where they […]

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Separation Anxiety in Pets: 7 Tips and Tricks

One thing we know for certain about our furry counterparts is that dogs and cats are creatures of habit. They thrive on consistency, and sudden scheduling changes can throw them for a loop! As many of us have been getting used to more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t help but wonder how our pets will react […]

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Accommodating Adoptions During a Pandemic

Eleni and her daughters, from left, Christina, Victoria and Adamantia, and their newly adopted kittens. When the ASPCA closed our  Adoption Center in Manhattan due to the COVID-19 outbreak, accommodations were made so potential adopters could meet adoptable animals online. While many cats and dogs were placed with foster caregivers, other adoptable animals were placed thanks to the help of […]

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The Commercial Puppy Industry Doesn’t Need a Bailout

Animal businesses that breed dogs for profit like to sell the public on the idea of small breeders and family-owned pet stores—but don’t be fooled. This is a multimillion-dollar industry that stays afloat by exploiting animals. And now, our government is lending them a hand. The Small Business Administration recently released a list of businesses that received funds under the […]

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New York’s Pandemic Puppies

While most of New York State was shut down this spring in an effort to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19, it was business as usual for the puppy industry. Even during the height of the pandemic, puppy mills were trucking puppies into the state almost daily, delivering them to pet stores that sold them for thousands of […]

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Miami Resident Becomes Instant Puppy Rescuer

Leonard “Leo” Shelton of Liberty City, Florida, tried for weeks to round up a neighborhood stray dog. “She would never come to me,” Leo says of the large terrier mix he called Sheila. “She looked pregnant, tired and worn out. But I knew I had to find a way to bring her home and help her.” Leo, who moved from […]

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San Diego County School District Commits to More Humane Food Purchasing

On Thursday, June 25, the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt [PDF] the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP)—a framework for institutional food sourcing that the ASPCA actively supports in cities across the country as part of our broader Shop With Your Heart program and commitment to improving the lives of farm animals. Escondido Union School District is the first institution […]

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Happy Reunion for Max and His Mom During the COVID-19 Outbreak

When Jean S. of Brooklyn, New York, became ill in April and was hospitalized for blood pressure issues, she worried who would care for Max, her beloved eight-year-old tuxedo cat whom she adopted rom the ASPCA five years ago.  Jean, a former social worker who retired in 2001, heard about New York City’s COVID-19 Pet Hotline through her professional contacts. […]

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